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Springwatch to return to Wild Ken Hill in Snettisham in autumn




Wild Ken Hill in Snettisham seems set to see the return of BBC's live nature programme Springwatch later this year.

Chris Packham announced as much in last night's programme when he referred to the four beavers that are on the Ken Hill site but have not been glimpsed so far during the series.

Chris said that as new introduction they were still quite nervous of intruders but it was hoped to show more come the autumn and winter watches.

Dominic Buscall with Springwatch presenters Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan at Wild Ken Hill in Snettisham. (48058401)
Dominic Buscall with Springwatch presenters Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan at Wild Ken Hill in Snettisham. (48058401)

Dominic Buscall, Wild Ken Hill project manager, confirmed this today when he told the Lynn News: "We know that the BBC team will be coming back in for Autumwatch and Winterwatch and hope that we might work together some more next spring."

Mr Buscall said the series had been great for their profile so far.

"We hope that increased awareness of the work we are doing will lead more people to engage with us and visit our site. Not only do we have some great guided tours, but we also hope other farmers and land managers will come to inspect the rewilding and regenerative farming practices being used at Wild Ken Hill.

One of the wild beavers heads towards the water (48058420)
One of the wild beavers heads towards the water (48058420)

"Our inbox has been extremely busy! We’ve had so many lovely emails thanking us for the work we do – this is such great encouragement for us. Our Guided Tours for the summer are also close to selling out!"

And any insights has having Chris and the Springwatch team here given to what you are seeking to achieve?

"Chris, Michaela, and the team have really enjoyed working at Wild Ken Hill and have been impressed with the dividends for nature that our approach is delivering. I’ve also had some really good personal chats with Chris where he’s given us great encouragement to keep innovating and pushing the boundaries.

A male beaver finds the water at Wild Ken Hill (48058402)
A male beaver finds the water at Wild Ken Hill (48058402)

"There have been kilometres of cable spread across the farm, and at almost every turn there seems to be a camera or other tech infrastructure.

"The OB (outside broadcast) truck itself is also something to behold! Having the Springwatch team and infrastructure at Wild Ken Hill has been an incredibly smooth experience. The TV crew and presenters are such a lovely group of people and have been very sensitive when working around the farm."

Wild Ken Hill at Snettisham (48058417)
Wild Ken Hill at Snettisham (48058417)
Dominic Buscall (48058412)
Dominic Buscall (48058412)


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